" It’s exciting when a new voice emerges that feels like it is meant to soon become one of your standards. Even more so when that voice sits on a foundation of strong songwriting and storytelling." Shana (Revival Music Magazine : Los Angeles)
Authentic is the word most often used to describe Kari Arnett. An artist willing to be intimate and vulnerable with her fans. Her debut EP Midwestern Skyline (2015) solidified her place on the Americana scene as an artistic and personal breakthrough. Its 7 songs plumb the limits of her courage and fears to emerge as triumphant proof of Arnett's journey of musical self-discovery — a route that led her from her birthplace of Madison, WI to singing on stages as a young child, teaching herself piano and guitar, onto performing around the Midwest and, finally, through the artistic and personal metamorphosis that’s resulted in the balance of beauty, vulnerability and honesty captured in the stories on Midwestern Skyline. Produced by Chris Mittlesteadt (Happenstance Studios - Reedsburg, WI) the beauty lies in the lack of production and the organic approach of a stripped-down album. With bold honesty and lush instrumentation on the songs "Heavy Heart" and "Casualties", and in the simplicity of its most reflective tracks - "Lake Michigan" and "Love Someone".
Kari Arnett will be releasing her debut full-length album (When The Dust Settles) in September 2018.
Based in Minneapolis, MN Americana singer/songwriter Kari Arnett offers up authentic Midwestern feelings and has shared the stage with Paul Thorn, Frazey Ford, Chastity Brown, Michael McDermott, and Laney Jones and The Spirits. Her vocal style has often been compared to Patty Griffin and Lori McKenna with a vulnerable grit as honest as her songs and inhabits the folk-country borderlands. Arnett's single, "Heavy Heart", received praise as well as a feature from American Songwriter Magazine as well as other great reviews in The Alternate Root, and Revival Music Magazine. Her debut EP, "Midwestern Skyline", was released in 2015 and she is working towards releasing a full length album in 2018.
Nominated for 3 Madison Area Music Awards 2016 (Best Americana Album, Female Vocalist, and Best Americana Song)
Featured as a Daily Discovery by American Songwriter Magazine (Oct. 2015)
Has opened for acts such as: Paul Thorn, Frazey Ford, The Wind and The Wave, Erin Rae, Chastity Brown
Has played at prestigious venues such as: The Bluebird Café (Nashville), Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis), Aster Café (Minneapolis), High Noon Saloon (Madison), Alpine Valley (Milwaukee), Sofar Sounds (Mpls + Chicago), and more....
- Max Ink Radio (Madison, WI) Top 41 of 2015 - Kari Arnett "Heavy Heart" ranked #30
- Recorded a Daytrotter session in May of 2016
Baraboo News Republic (Baraboo, WI)
"Her sound has evolved from pop to incorporate southern rock and country influences. Arnett’s brand of Americana music draws comparisons to Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell." - Ben Bromley
Local Sounds Magazine (Madison, WI)
"Arnett’s music is rooted in Loretta Lynn country but there’s much more to it than that. The emotional depth of her storytelling is matched by the elegance of the melodies and the power of her voice, a sound full of mournfulness and life experience that will speak to your soul." - Rick Tvedt
The Alternate Root - (Palm Springs, CA)
"Melancholy is an ever-present force in the voice of Kari Arnett. Backed with the ethereal melodies of Americana, Kari Arnett uses the space in between the notes as a secret ingredient in the songs she collects as Midwestern Skyline, her recent E.P. release." - Danny McCloskey
DEZ MUSIC BLOG - (Minneapolis, MN)
" Her soft vocals and the light tone of her guitar that makes the listener able to immerse themselves into the album fully and take it all in. It’s a classic story of love, loss, heartbreak and trying to fill the spaces in-between that is so relatable, and that makes the listener want more..." - Desney Cody Rift Magazine